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Old 04-19-2012, 01:01 PM   #16
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I've been eyeing this one for the last month or so and was wondering the collectives thoughts.

'89 with the 5.0 under the hood - was a Fl car and it's going cheep.






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Old 04-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #17
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #18
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:22 PM   #19
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Cool. I want one.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:53 PM   #20
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Just so you know, the bellhousing bolt pattern on the early small blocks changed somewhere around 1965, so if you have thoughts about an engine swap, you'll have to figure on a tranny change as well.
If I swap out the engine, that tranny is definitely going w/ it. It's a 3 speed that only uses 2nd and 3rd 99 percent of the time. They skipped out on using first gear enough that people referred to them as the 2 speed transmissions.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #21
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I've been eyeing this one for the last month or so and was wondering the collectives thoughts.

'89 with the 5.0 under the hood - was a Fl car and it's going cheep.
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Buy it and make a hot rod out of it. It's be loads of fun.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #22
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I used to own one of these. Wanted to put in a later motor and Mustang wheels.

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #23
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One of my best friends had one just like that - Ernie's was the exact same color - what a monster. The air suspension can be a bit of a pain but that engine is just amazing. Another guy I worked with had a silver blue 6.3 - incredible cars.

Ernie had another friend named Ziggy who had one back in the early seventies - Ziggy was a crazy Austrian who did not like to be passed by anybody. Ernie was asleep in the back seat of the Big Bad Benz while Ziggy drove back to Atlanta from a weekend in Charleston. He woke up when he felt the car rocking around a bit and asked Ziggy "what's going on?"

Ziggy said "I'm racing a Corvette."

Ernie had to remind him about the 22' sailboat they were towing with the Benz......
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:31 PM   #24
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Ziggy said "I'm racing a Corvette."

Ernie had to remind him about the 22' sailboat they were towing with the Benz......
Someone I used to know tells a story about his older brothers moving a kitchen stove using their dad's '57 New Yorker with the 392. Some kid next to them in a Camaro started revving his engine against the brakes while they were stopped at a light. One brother asked the other, "Is it tied in good?" The other one said, "Yep", and they proceeded to blow the doors off of this Camaro in a little stoplight Grand Prix. At the next light, they could see the kid's girlfriend laughing hysterically at him for losing to a 25+-year-old sled hauling a stove.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:51 PM   #25
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:52 PM   #26
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I looked at a ratty 450SEL 6.9 in Novato a few months ago. It ran and drove. I had $2k in cash with me which would have bought it. It was tough but I talked myself out of it. Too many cars currently. It would have been a great beater hot rod.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:33 AM   #27
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:35 AM   #28
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with the cost of classic 2 doors going through the roof over the last few years, will the 4 door versions of these cars start to become collectible?
No. There are some nice four door cars out there, but they won't have anywhere near the resale of a two door. I have a friend that put 22K in a 65 Chevelle four door. Couldn't sell it for 5K.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:32 AM   #29
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I've been eyeing this one for the last month or so and was wondering the collectives thoughts.

'89 with the 5.0 under the hood - was a Fl car and it's going cheep.






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Collective? Ask me in 20 years and I'll say Yeah.

But like Leno says - collect what you like, what interests you, and you'll be better off in the long run than making speculations.

That said, there are a few considerations I'd think about with that car.

First - the 1988-1991 Vics of those years were winners in my book. I loved the changes in the aerodynamics of them when they came out. Still, that said, for some reason I, personally, don't feel this inner-drive to restore one. Preserve, OK, if I had the space, but it just doesn't push me to want to do like the Fiero-girl is doing to her car, lol. Ask me what 4-door car from that year I would preserve, however, and I might have to choose it anyway because I can't think of anything better from those years.

My father had one '88-'91 as a company car, and its FI motor sure was a nice runner. Not a muscle car by anyone's definition, but satisfying.

Lastly, we all see the direction we're heading... the big station wagons of the past are sorta not offered as much anymore. To that end it can probably become more unique. It can easily haul a family, a picnic, a camping-outfit and a boat... so that's cool.

The question is - how much would you enjoy it? I'd enjoy the heck out of owning a good-running one... even more so if it was the cop version (of which I don't think they ever made a station wagon version with the police package... BUT IF THEY DID... I'd be searching for one of those).

That one looks clean - like someone cared about it, or didn't use it too much... if that's the case, and it's cheap... then why not?
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:02 AM   #30
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